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Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies are fun, delicious and kid approved.  Be a kid and play with your food again with these Fluffy Gingerbread cookies!  

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Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies
Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies
Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies
Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

I love how these Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies are easy, fun and kid approved.

Now when I say kid approved, I don’t just mean those who are 12 and under.  I mean all kids…even the kids that live inside us.  

These cookies are SO MUCH FUN!  And perfect for any event you are hosting!

As a food blogger, I’m generally baking and cooking a few months ahead of actual holidays.  

It’s a crazy life where we have Thanksgiving dinner in early Autumn and celebrate with Christmas cookies, like these Soft Ginger Reindeer Cookies, before we even go Trick or Treating.

Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

And I’m fairly certain that the teachers at my daughters school think I’m part awesome and part crazy because they keep getting Christmas cookies in October and Early November.

However they taste good, and so what does it really matter if they get red and green cookies or even cookies that look like a reindeer?  I say it doesn’t matter!

So here’s the story about these cookies.  I am, in general, not a huge fan of gingerbread.  {GASP!} 

However, gingerbread is a classic Holiday flavor and as a good friend to all of you, I’ll play with the flavors of gingerbread.

What I didn’t expect in playing with the flavors of gingerbread was actually liking it.

Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

The main reason I like these Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies is because they are light, fluffy and don’t get stuck in my teeth.

I like how you can eat them as they are, or make them into these simple, kid friendly reindeer.

These cookies are also great because you can also make Soft Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with them too (recipe coming soon!).

I love how versatile these cookies are, and how every single person who tried them loved them as much as I did.

These reasons and more, are why I love this recipe and why these Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies will be on every holiday plate we make this year.

They’ll be at every cookie exchange and they’ll be one of the many cookies that my kids will actually get to help make and decorate.  

Be a kid, embrace the child in you and rock the grandma card by making these this Holiday season!  

And remember, you are never too old to play with your food!


Soft Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 48 Cookies


  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature (I use salted butter)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • Candy eyes
  • Red M&M's
  • Pretzels
  • Clear or White gel frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 375*F
  2. Blend butter, sugar and egg. Scrape bowl as needed.
  3. Add molasses and mix again.
  4. In a small bowl combine baking soda and hot water. Mix well until soda is dissolved.
  5. Add soda water to butter mixture and mix.
  6. Add in salt, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon and mix.
  7. Add in flour 1/2 cup at a time until all mixed, scraping bowl as needed.
  8. Mixture should be the consistency of a thin brownie batter.
  9. Scoop batter with a small cookie scoop onto prepared cookie sheets.
  10. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until soft and fluffy.
  11. Allow to cool.
  12. While cookies are cooling, begin breaking pretzels up to look like reindeer horns. I found the easiest and best method for me was to carefully break the end off of each hoop. This left me with just the center part of the pretzel which worked well as a reindeer antler.
  13. Once cookies are cooled, gently shove an antler in the top of each side of the top of the cookie.
  14. Using a small drop of gel frosting as glue, glue on the eyes and nose.
  15. Repeat to all cookies.
  16. Enjoy!



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